How to learn about Affiliate Marketing: Don’t pay Gurus

How to learn about Affiliate Marketing: Don't pay Gurus

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money with nothing more than a computer, an internet connection and a whole lot of hard work. As starting a business goes, it is relatively cheap to do. Affiliate marketing t is something you can do in your spare time, until you build it up enough to do it full time. I chose affiliate marketing as an online business, because it gives me the flexibility to earn money and go snowboarding and mountain biking when I want. Affiliate marketing gives people lots of opportunities to live how they want to. Here is my guide on how to learn about affiliate marketing.

So many "gurus"

When I decided that I wanted an online business, I looked in to lots of different ways to make money from the internet. I’m sure you are aware that there are lots of people with flashy watches, Ferraris and boats on the internet that want to sell you their “secret method” of earning money online. To be honest, these guys just put me off. Some of them may hold the key to “overnight success”, but their pushiness makes me question everyone’s legitimacy. Maybe it is my cynical Britishness, but I don’t like the hard sell. I didn’t want to spend money without some kind of taster or insight in to what I would be getting. There are a lot of videos of guys asking “do you want this lifestyle?” and “imagine if you could afford this?”. I knew what I wanted, I just didn’t know how. These guys didn’t really give me any information of what they were selling me, apart from an idea I already had.

With some continued research, I found Wealthy Affiliate. This is a platform that gives you all the tools and training you need to start your affiliate marketing business.

How NOT to learn about Affiliate Marketing

As I said before, there are lots of “gurus” out there, there are also lots of scams. The first thing to take note of, is that if someone promises you that you can get rich with little effort, it is probably a scam. It takes 18 months to 2 years to make a successful affiliate marketing business. There are a few companies that make millions, but the majority of affiliate marketers live comfortably.

When you see people making outrageous promises about earning loads of money quickly or easily, alarm bells should be ringing. The best affiliate marketing training programs offer continuous support and realistic goals. The training should be ongoing, with lessons, videos, regular live training and a supportive community. It should not consist of a few videos of a guy sitting at his desk being aggressive and asking for more money for his e-book.

While I am on the subject of affiliate marketing e-books. You will see adverts for £10 e-books that hold the secrets to creating websites that make £10,000 per month all by themselves. Really….? If that was possible, wouldn’t they be spending their time building loads of these sites, not writing a book to earn £10 here and there?…just a thought.

The “gurus” of the internet however, will charge lots of money for mentoring programs. They make it expensive to seem more legitimate. It makes them seem like they know even more than anyone else and get you rich in a short period of time. This is utter garbage! There is no such thing as a short cut to get rich by affiliate marketing. Also, there are no secrets, but you do need to gain some skills and be prepared to work hard and be patient.


How I learned about Affiliate Marketing

OK, during my research in to learning about affiliate marketing, there was one organisation that stood out in a good way, Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate, is one of the most popular ways to learn about affiliate marketing. It gives its members the training and support for them to start and build their own online businesses. This means that they can work form home, a camper van, the beach or anywhere with an internet connection.

I have done a lot of research in to affiliate marketing training, so I will share with you why I think the Wealthy Affiliate training platform is so good.

First of all, it isn’t just about learning about affiliate marketing, it also has all the tools you need to do it. The training gives you all the information on how to use theses tools in the right order.

What drew me to Wealthy Affiliate was that it wasn’t all flashy and arrogant like the other organisations. They are very realistic about what you can achieve. The sky is the limit, but it takes time and hard work etc.

But, with my cynical British mind, I still wasn’t convinced straight away, I wanted a taster of what to expect before spending any money (I was still deciding if affiliate marketing was for me). So, I signed up for the free membership at Wealthy Affiliate. This gave me way more than I was expecting. It gave me the means to set up my own website for free. Here I could have a play, experiment and follow the training. The free membership is great, but it does get limiting the more you progress, in terms of having a successful business. However, it is a great way of getting an insight in to affiliate marketing and a good amount of free training.

The other thing that I liked about Wealthy Affiliate, was the community it has created. There is about a million people in it and they can offer loads of advice and feedback. As I still use Wealthy Affiliate, I am part of this community. If you click here, you will be able to sign up to the free membership. I will get a notification, so I will say hello and offer you any help you may need or answer any questions you may have. Check out Wealthy Affiliate through my affiliate link, reply to my welcome message to say hi.

If you are wondering why you can only find good reviews about Wealthy Affiliate, and are still a bit weary about signing up to anything, click here for an explanation.

Why Wealthy Affiliate is the best way to learn about Affiliate Marketing

Wealthy Affiliate is realistic about what you can earn. It does not promise that you will make millions or fast results. What Wealthy Affiliate does provide is comprehensive guidance to help you launch your online business from scratch.

They do this by offering the following things:

Support from the community: A huge community of people that has a lot of experienced and helpful people is invaluable. This is what you get when you sign up to Wealthy Affiliate’s free membership. If you are stuck on something, you can just ask the community and you will have answers in minutes. The other members also create their own training and write blogs about tips and tricks they have learned along the way. This means you can do a simple search for a certain problem and there will usually be an answer or two.

Technical Support: The technical support provided by Wealthy Affiliate is fantastic. If your site goes down or have any other technical problems, you will get a response within minutes, no matter what time of the day. Usually, the response will be “Hi, have another look, it should be working now”. 

Web Hosting: If you don’t know how to set up a website and hosting, don’t worry about it. The Wealthy Affiliate platform allows you to do this in just a couple of minutes. It make life very easy, as everything is in one place.

Comprehensive Training: This is the best way to learn about affiliate marketing. From day one, you are given step by step training that starts with the very basics and works to more advanced stuff later on. You will learn how to choose a niche, build your site, how to write reviews, SEO techniques,  keyword research and much more. Each week, Wealthy Affiliate have live online training you can get a lot out of. Each week there is a different subject, and they are recorded, so you can watch them back at any time.

Aside from all this, Wealthy Affiliate are not rip off merchants. Test the water with their free membership, which offers a lot. If you don’t like it, you have lost nothing. But, if you decide to carry on and you want more out of it, the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership isn’t that expensive. With this, you can host 50 websites! Ideal for when you start employing people.

Learn About Affiliate Marketing

If you are like I was, not knowing if affiliate marketing is for you because you don’t know enough about it, check Wealthy Affiliate out. They give you loads of education and support to support for you to set up your own online business that you can do from anywhere, just like me!

6 thoughts on “How to learn about Affiliate Marketing: Don’t pay Gurus

  • 15/05/2019 at 1:21 pm


    I would like to enter the business of affiliate marketing. I thank you for your post. It’s giving a lot of information about wealthy affiliate. 

    I indeed followed first a lot of “gurus” promising a lot of money in the short run. That made me skeptical, just like you.

    At Wealthy Affiliate, I recently found a lot of  expertise and a supportive community when you want to start from scratch.
    How many months does it take when you start to study and try to set up a niche applying all WA techniques to make $1000 a month?

    • 15/05/2019 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Jacobs.

      Thanks for you comment. It is very difficult to predict how long it takes to make your first $1,000 per month. It depends on your niche, how often you create content and how good it is. When I say “how good it is”, I mean quality of content and the quality of your keywords. 

      It can take a year to start making a profit. However, I have heard of some fantastic profits earned by experienced affiliate marketers. But, their sites have taken a long time to “mature” in search engines, and they have put in a lot of hard work for them to get there. They will have used great keywords in great niches they are passionate about.

      This is something you need to be prepared for when starting an affiliate marketing business. It is a slow burner.

  • 15/05/2019 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Tom 

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve been involved in affiliate marketing in one way or another for the past ten years now. I’ve come across and tried multiple different training programs, what I’ve discovered is that most of these “gurus” use the exact or only slight variations of a very simple business model. That being said you’re correct there are no get rich quick schemes when it comes to affiliate marketing, it will take time.

    What I’m actually looking for are tools that will compliment my existing knowledge, Wealthy Affiliate looks perfect, I’ve done a free trial previously and always found things like the keyword research tools, domain reg and the article writing tool to be extremely helpful, are these tools still available, would you say it’s worth opting for the full paid for version to utilise these resources? 

    • 15/05/2019 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Nate,

      It is great to see when other people are not taken in by the get “rich quick” promises. There are a few free tools you can use for affiliate marketing have a look at this link for some examples. I would say the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership is worth going for, once you have decided that affiliate marketing is what you want to do. This is because it opens up more potential for your website.

      Thanks for your comment.


  • 15/05/2019 at 1:22 pm

    I have also come across so-called gurus that promise you the world if you should buy their products. These are sales pitch that a lot of people fall for because they feel they would start to make money as soon as they start doing affiliate marketing.

    I am a believer of working hard and I think that is what a platform like wealthy affiliate encourages their members to do. They always tell their members that to build a successful business online you are going to have to be ready to put in a lot of work before it generates enough profit to make it worthwhile.

    Most people that become members of the platform know this and are therefore mentally equipped to build a successful online business. This is one of the best approaches anyone starting an online business needs to go through as it is the best way to achieve long term success in the online world.

    • 15/05/2019 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks for your comment. Affiliate marketing is a case of plugging at it constantly. But, if you choose a niche that you are passionate about, it becomes less like work and more like a hobby you make money from.


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